Besides being one of the most well-known countries from the Middle-East region, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also a very popular tourist destination. Its breathtaking desert landscapes juxtaposing against its most modern cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, coupled with an amazing array of attractions like the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Burj Khalifa, spice and gold souks, etc. attract visitors by the millions. And further cementing its position as a world-class tourist destination, the UAE is also home to a wide range of theme parks and amusement parks. From Hollywood-inspired rides through the world’s fastest roller coaster to family-friendly attractions, you can take your pick from a plethora of options at these parks. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best theme parks and amusement parks in the United Arab Emirates.
Composed of two parks - Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, this family theme park is situated within the massive Dubai Parks and Resorts complex in Dubai, UAE. It is a year-round destination created for families, especially those with children between the ages of 2 to 12. The park has about 60 interactive rides, LEGO building experiences, shows, and water slides all centred around the LEGO theme. Besides creative experiences and thrilling rides, a range of shopping and dining experiences are also available here.
LEGOLAND® Dubai One Park Pass
Inspired by Hollywood, Motiongate Dubai is a theme park located within the Dubai Parks and Resorts area of Dubai, UAE. It provides visitors with the best entertainment from the largest Hollywood motion picture studios. The park is divided into five unique zones - Columbia Pictures, Smurfs Village, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Studio Central, each loaded with fun-filled rides, interactive play zones, theatre shows, eateries, shops, real-life movie sets, etc. Must-try attractions here are Hotel Transylvania, Step Up Dubai, All In!, Smurfs Studios Tour, etc.
Motiongate Dubai: One Park Pass
For all Bollywood fans, a visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts’ theme park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, is a must! It is the world’s first theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood and is divided into five fun-filled zones - Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza, and Bollywood Film Studio. Enjoy 16 cinematic rides and blockbuster attractions, stage performances, live entertainment, amazing Bollywood-themed shopping opportunities, and yummy Indian dining options.
Bollywood Parks Dubai: 1-Day 1-Park Admission
Dedicated to all things Warner Brothers-related is the massive indoor theme park of Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It comprises six themed lands inspired by iconic Warner Bros. franchises - Warner Bros. Plaza, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, and Metropolis. Each land has exhilarating rides, immersive shows, interactions with legendary characters, and shopping and dining options for everyone. This theme park is a must-visit destination for all!
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi Admission Ticket
Duration: 4 hours
5. Hili Fun City, Al Ain
Previously referred to as ‘Disneyland of the GCC’, Hili Fun City is now a family-friendly amusement park located in Al Ain, the UAE. Nestled in the lush green emirate (city) of Al Ain, Hili Fun City offers visitors over 30 adventure-filled rides and attractions that range in their suitability from options for small children to rides that the whole family can enjoy. The theme park also has an Olympic-sized ice rink along with several shopping and dining options.
Hili Fun City
Address: Ardh Al Jaw St., Near Hili Wedding Hall, Al Ain, UAE
Website: Hili Fun City
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 8 USD onwards
6. Adventureland, Sharjah
Located inside the popular Sahara Centre mall in Sharjah, the UAE is the Adventureland theme park. Spread out over 70,000 square feet (6,503 square metres) of floor space, this indoor park has 17 thrilling rides and attractions, more than 70 video, simulator, and redemption games, a toddlers’ play area, food kiosks, etc. Check out exhilarating rides like Rocket Cycles, kiddie rides like Safari Raiders and several family-friendly attractions.
Address: Level 1, Sahara Centre, Al Nahda Interchange, Dubai - Sharjah Rd, Sharjah, UAE
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 10am - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 12pm
Price: 3 USD onwards
Located on the beautiful Yas Island of Abu Dhabi, the UAE is the fun-filled Yas Waterworld water park. The park has more than 40 adventurous rides and slippery slides of world-class standards and attractions that everyone can enjoy. Must-try rides are the serpentine Slithers Slides, the dizzying Dawwama, the six-lane Sebag, and the region’s largest wave pool, Amwaj Wave Pool.
Yas WaterWorld Abu Dhabi
Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration
With the stunning Burj Al Arab serving as its backdrop, Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai, the UAE is the perfect place to spend a fun day in the water and under the warm Arabian sun. This waterpark is located on the Jumeirah Beach Hotel premises and is based on a popular Arabian folklore character, Juha. It offers 30 adventurous rides and attractions for visitors of all ages and sizes. Relax on the waves of Flood River, experience the thrills of rides like Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, surf on Wipeout FlowRiders, or have tonnes of fun on the ultimate ride of the park - Jumeirah Sceirah.
Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Known as the world’s largest indoor theme park, this epic entertainment park is the ultimate adventure destination in the UAE. It is divided into five adventure zones - Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley, IMG Boulevard, and Novo Cinemas. In each adventure zone, experience thrilling rides like Thor Thunder Spin, The Velociraptor, and more.; watch movies at an ultra-modern cineplex; sample global cuisine at Chang’s Golden Dragon, Downtown Shawarma, etc.; shop for souvenirs like Marvel action figures, t-shirts, mugs, or meet your favourite characters in person!
IMG Worlds of Adventure Full Day
Duration: 10 hours
Located on the popular Yas Island in the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari-themed amusement park - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster - Formula Rossa. The park has more than 37 awe-inspiring rides and attractions that will keep you excited all day long. There are thrilling rides like Flying Aces and Turbo Track, driving experiences like Scuderia Challenge, shows like Cinema Maranello and plenty of dining and shopping opportunities - all centred around the Ferrari theme!
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Admission Ticket
Duration: 4 hours
Get adventurous in the UAE
After you’ve shopped at the souks, seen the amazing desert landscapes, admired the tallest building in the world, and dined at the best restaurants, you may be in need of some adventure-filled activities in the UAE. Luckily, the country has many theme parks! So, when in the UAE, do remember to check out the best theme parks and amusement parks in the United Arab Emirates.
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